October 17, 2005
OLD SCHOOL CJ!!!!
Man, DL this just for the Casey Jones alone! Crazy early version w/a long-ish lead-in instrumental and groovy slower jams in the middle...they're obviously still in the "working out" stages of this classic and it's a total blast to hear this infant version...it still rocks, just in a different way than the well-known faster versions of later years.
As stated already the Dire Wolf is also a must have for the Jerry steel pedal and Bobby vocals.
This is one of those "just when you think you've heard it all" shows...One star off only for some minor sound problems/anomalies but well worth the DL.
October 17, 2005
Ah Children, Drugs aaah Bayyddd, don't use the drugs, MaraJEWahhna's Baayyd, MMMMKay : )
I think Mr Mackey would like this one, it's weird and trippy, and just plain old weird. That is if you are fully exposed to 1970's Dead and are now just stumbling onto this stuff. But consider this came first, it is great to hear how some of the softer material grew out of 60's acid-laced country.
Casey Jones: this is currently one of the youngest posted versions of the tune, Setlist shows the first one from 5/23/69. They work it out on stage, the opening is not set in stone, almost like stepping into the studio, ah infront of many many people. The beggining almost sounds like Jimmy Row with the paseing, Also reminds me of the fumbling first Sugar magnolia a year later, just in terms of it's hesitation. Don't worry the confidence grows, Oh Ya you knew that.
Dire Wolf: Bobby on vocals? guess it makes sense since he's the country player in the band (elpaso-Mexicali-ME A M Uncle). Or Maybe cause Jerry was on Steel Pedal. the playin sounds real good, Catch LLRain in Europe72 for more steal pedal magic. Can't hardly belive he didn't play this more with the dead, Guess I'll have to listen more to the New Riders. Think this is the remastered bonus on workingman's.
Baby Blue: Jerry seems to own this one, They played this in 67 and/or before much faster, Really like it in 72 to come where it's also faster, go figure! , Nice to see a Dylan influence this early. This is a great song to illustrate the growth of the band over the decade similar to Morning dew, from ruff and tumble to searching-sensitivity.
Duprees: strange to hear Workingmans dead with Axomoxa tunes, don't know why, but it's funky and wierd and nice here, maybe not as sweet, but adds to the erie atmosphere, the tune has a similar arangement as the Candy Man, just noticin.
5 stars so you'll choose to listen to it.